Paul Seymour started teaching guitar in the seventies, originally to supplement his music career. It wasn't long before he realised that sharing his knowledge with others was as gratifying as writing and performing music. In Brookvale, Sydney, he had a music academy which thrived, populated mainly by kids who were desperate to learn guitar and maybe become pop stars. The odd thing is that many of the kids who weren't allowed to learn guitar back then, are the forty-somethings who come for lessons with Paul now. He teaches more adults than kids. A few of the students at his school did go on to bigger things. Tim Farriss, guitarist from INXS, learnt to play there.
After returning to Sydney from ten years in Canberra, Paul started teaching again. He was snapped up by Manly Warringah Community College as their resident guitar tutor and by the end of 2007 had been eight years with them. The total number of students he's taught to play, through the 'College and private classes, would be nearly fifteen hundred.
In December '07 Paul, his partner Kelly and their two dogs packed up their Sydney life and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a huge change and Paul's students were all disappointed at losing him. However, about twenty of them have continued learning from him by video correspondence. In his new studio he created video lessons to send on DVD to them.
Paul has also re-commenced teaching his popular guitar courses for adults at the community college (Continued Education) at Papanui High School, plus private students at his home studio.
According to Paul, it's not just about teaching guitar riffs or the chords to popular songs it's about understanding the universal language of music, learning how to "wield this mighty magic" as he puts it. Realising that he could reach many more people through printed works and recordings, he has started producing CDs with song booklets called "Graspin' It" and "Groovin' It" which (respectively) correspond to his Grade 1 and Grade 2 Beginners' Guitar courses. The music theory he teaches privately is encapsulated in his book "As Simple as A B C#". The very first hand-written draft of the book was designed to help his sons to understand music. Twenty years later the book was put together to accompany a music workshop for his students, to help them understand that music theory doesn't have to be dreary. In fact it can be a fascinating insight into how the 'Magic' works. The popularity of his theory course and book prompted him to test the market for commercial publication.
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